The Grouse Grind is a brief, however steep mountaineering path up Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver Canada, climbing 853 m (2800 ft) vertical over a distance of two.9 km (1.8 mi), being notoriously grueling it has been nicknamed “Mom Nature’s StairMaster”. For a lot of the Grind is extra a health problem than a hike. Some purpose to overcome Grouse Mountain as soon as, however many match Vancouverites climb this mountain recurrently for coaching.
Grouse Mountain rising 1250 metres ( 4100 ft) above the town is usually known as ‘the Peak of Vancouver’. The Mountain will get its identify from the sooty grouse, a species of forest-dwelling grouse (a hen) generally discovered all through the mountain.
Situated solely 15 minutes by public transport from downtown Vancouver the mountain has develop into the town’s out of doors amusement park with a spread of actions and leisure for all seasons open the entire yr. In winter on Grouse Mountain snowboarding, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing and extra winter actions are highly regarded. There are a selection of actions for summer time comparable to disk golf, chairlift rides, paragliding and naturally the well-known Grouse Grind hike up the mountain. There may be additionally loads of leisure accessible all yr together with a 100-seat mountaintop theatre and a wildlife refuge.
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The Grouse Grind is a legendary mountaineering path in North Vancouver famend for its problem. It deserves this popularity climbing simply shy of 3000 stairs with an unbelievable 800 m elevation achieve over solely Three km, sure it’s steep, the typical inclination is 28º, with the hardest part at a few 40º! The path is primarily used for mountaineering and operating. The Grouse Grind will get tremendous crowded with greater than 100 00Zero individuals climbing it in a season in line with the official Grouse Mountain web site. This path solely goes one path, UP. Descending just isn’t allowed on the path, hikers take the gondola down, a $15 trip.
I loved mountaineering Grouse Mountain, however it’s undoubtedly not one of the best mountaineering path in Vancouver, being quick, steep and crowded with restricted viewpoints. It’s glorious as a piece out with many locals doing the Grind recurrently. The hike is a pleasant day tour in Vancouver for vacationers, a difficult stroll with loads to do when reaching the highest. We fee the path as a average problem resulting from its size, though it’s steep it’s not a really lengthy hike, taking about 2 hours. For skilled hikers strolling up the Grouse Grind and exploring among the different backcountry routes on Grouse mountain is an effective choice. There are loads well-marked routes comparable to Dam Mountain, Little Goat Mountain, Goat Mountain and Thunderbird Ridge are described right here. Crown Mountain
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Grouse Grind Value
To climb Grouse Mountain is free. You aren’t allowed to hike down the Grind, to come back down with Skyride prices $15 together with the shuttle trip again to Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. The one free choice down is to hike down the BCMC path.
To take the Skyride up and city prices $47.97 together with a number of actions, purchase your ticket right here
Normal Admission Ticket Grouse Mountain
Grouse Grind Path Statistics
The reported statistic of the Grouse Grind is as follows – distance: 2.9 kilometres (1.Eight miles), elevation Acquire: 853 metres (2,800 ft) from 274m to 1127m, Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 ft), Complete Stairs: 2,830
Measuring my hike up Grouse Mountain with my Garmin Fenix 5 GPS Watch gave me the next measurements:
- Distance: 3.27 kilometres (2.03 miles)
- Elevation Acquire: 785 metres (2575 ft) from 287m to 1076m
- Summit: 1127 metres (3,700 ft)
- Time: 1h13min
The Grind Route
The Grouse Grind path is properly marked with indicators exhibiting distance, elevation and the way you’re progressing.
Markers on the Grouse Path – there are Four completely different sorts of markers on the path;
- small orange markers simply mark the place the path goes
- massive markers indicating what portion of the path you’ve accomplished e.g. 1/Four or 1/2 approach, these markers point out the progress in elevation not distance, as a result of the path just isn’t very steep at first it takes a very long time to succeed in the 1/Four mark.
- 40 smaller marker plates on the bushes which measure path distance. They’re labeled with “GG” and are numbered from #1 on the backside as much as #40 on the prime so marker No. 10 is 1/4-way, no. 20 is midway, and many others.
- orange spray-painted markers on the bushes indicating precise path distance.
At the start line there’s a path data board and a Grouse Grind Chip timer to begin counting the time for normal grinders that personal a chip. There are bathrooms within the parking space if it’s essential to make a cease earlier than the path begins. The path begins simply to the fitting of the Grouse Mountain Gondola beginning while you move the gate and a small bridge. The route begins climbing from the beginning, however it’s not too steep to start with, it took us 20 minutes to succeed in the primary quarter mark clearly proven with an indication. In case you are struggling earlier than the primary quarter mark it may be a good suggestion to show round. We reached the half approach mark at about 700 m above sea degree 1.9 km from the start line about 38 minutes after starting the hike. Once you attain midway in line with the elevation indicators (the large indicators) you’re previous the midway mark distance sensible, with about 1.Four of three.2 km left (GG plate #23).
The final half is the steepest and took longer than the primary half though the gap is shorter.
The common time it takes to hike the mountain is 1h30min to 2 hours.
You should purchase a ticket for the Gondola trip down for $15 on the Grouse Mountain Chalet on the highest. There was a protracted line on the Gondola, however it went pretty fast. We had been stunned at how busy the mountain was on the prime, however clearly many individuals don’t hike up taking the gondola each methods. If you wish to hike down you are able to do so with the BCMC path.
The BCMC path Different Hike on Grouse Mountain
How will you hike down Grouse Mountain? – take the BCMC path. The BCMC Path is positioned simply east of the Grouse Grind and presents a much less busy path to hike up the mountain, it’s attainable to stroll down utilizing this route. The path is about the identical distance because the Grind and begins on the identical place branching off onto the Baden Powell path, then left on the junction up the steep hill to the Grouse Mountain chalet. The juction to the Baden Powell path is a few meters after passing the gate. We didn’t hike down this route.
Mountain climbing down the BCMC path just isn’t beneficial as a result of the path may be very steep, slim and a really laborious technical descend. It’s nevertheless attainable and recurrently carried out by Grinders, skipping the $15 gondola charge happening.
Things to do on Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain All 12 months
Experience breathtaking views of Vancouver, the ocean and the encompassing space from the Skyride aerial tramway taking you to the highest of the mountain in about 10 minutes. Departures happen year-round about as soon as each 15 minutes between 8:45 am and 10 at evening. – Included in ticket worth.
A 5 line zipline circuit taking you throughout lakes and peaks of Grouse Mountain at speeds as much as 80km/hr (50 mph)!
Grizzly Bear Wildlife Sancuary
A two-hectare mountaintop habitat dwelling to 2 grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, additionally contains different habitats on the height. – Included in ticket worth.
Theatre Within the Sky
Excessive-definition cinema exhibiting a wide range of wildlife motion pictures all through the day. – Included in ticket worth.
Eye of the Wind
The Eye of the Wind is a big wind turbine, the primary on this planet to have an elevator accessing a viewPOD™ statement space providing you with spectacular views of Vancouver.
Wining and Eating
On the mountain there are a selection of cafes and eating places for those who simply really feel like a beer, a cup of espresso or positive eating.
Grouse Mountain Spring, Summer time or Fall
A really Canadian 45-minute Lumberjack present together with axe throwing, pole climbing, wooden chopping and log rolling, 3 times a day from late Might till early October. Stereotypical Canadian Enjoyable. – Included in ticket worth.
Birds in Movement Demonstration
Entertaining and academic present of trainers with their eagles, hawks, falcons, owls flying free, from early Might till the start of October. – Included in ticket worth.
Disc golf is a flying disc (Frisbee) sport by which gamers throw a disc at a goal; it’s performed utilizing guidelines much like golf. Grouse Mountain options an important 18-hole mountain disc golf course. – One spherical included in ticket worth
Grouse Mountain Tremendous Skyride
Experience on the roof prime of the skyride in small teams on a particular viewing platform. Morning Ascend Excursions start as early at 8:00am. Night Descend Excursions start at 8:00pm. – Not included in admission
Tandem paragliding from Grouse Mountain. Spectacular views, 30 minute flights price about $200 and function from mid-June till mid-September.
From Grouse Mountain you possibly can take the Peak Chairlift the very best peaks from Might till October (climate allowing). Day by day Rides accessible all through the summer time months from 10:00am-8:30pm. – Included in ticket worth.
Grouse Mountain in Winter
Snowboarding and Snowboarding
It’s unreal that 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver by public transport there is a high-quality venue for snowboarding and snowboarding with ski-lifts and 33 ski and snowboard runs! Trails and terrain for all ranges from inexperienced to black trails and 6 terrain park zones on the mountain. Elevate passes, gear rental and classes for all ranges accessible.
In wintertime, the mountain stays open till 10 pm to hit the slopes at evening.
A wide range of trails accessible from newbie to intermediate snowshoe trails. Trails are clearly marked from the highest of Grouse Mountain. 9km of snowshoe trails. Entry to snowshoe trails is included in ticket worth. Gear rental accessible.
Grouse Mountain is dwelling to an 8,000-square foot ice skating pond, out of doors skating rink, enjoyable for the entire household. Ice skating on the out of doors rink – Included in ticket worth. Gear rental accessible.
Attending to Grouse Mountain
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Grouse Mountain is positioned at 6400 Nancy Greene Approach in North Vancouver. Parking is obtainable for those who arrive by automobile. In the summertime, a Normal Admission ticket contains switch from Canada Place in downtown Vancouver to Grouse Mountain and again. Should you do the Grind and simply take the Skyride down for $15 you possibly can take the free shuttle again to Canada Place in Vancouver. Purchase your ticket right here:
Normal Admission Ticket Grouse Mountain
Get to the Grouse Grind by public transport
Take the Seabus from Waterfront Station, positioned adjoining to Canada Place, to the Lonsdale Quay and join with Bus #236 on to Grouse Mountain. To return to downtown Vancouver, take Bus #236 from Grouse Mountain to the Lonsdale Quay and trip the Seabus to Waterfront Station.